toujours_nigel: BFT (Default)
[personal profile] toujours_nigel
Have just consumed Jude Morgan's Passion, having seen a rec go by on friends-of-friends, and am now miserable over Augusta Leigh. Send help and an exorcist.

I owe at least one message, will answer soonest.

Date: 2016-09-13 02:54 am (UTC)
selenak: (Default)
From: [personal profile] selenak
Poor Augusta. And "Passion" ends with her still being optimistic, and only hints with one sentence at the misery to come, Annabella using her daughter Medora against her.

It's an excellent novel, isn't it? I thought it brought all the different women to life, and loved how natural the diialogue felt.

Date: 2016-09-13 08:08 am (UTC)
selenak: (Sternennacht - Lefaym)
From: [personal profile] selenak
Byron would totally agree with you on wanting to live in that world:

I still hope to be able to see you next Spring, perhaps you & one or two of the children could be spared some time next year for a little tour here or in France with me of a month or two. I think I could make it pleasing to you, & it should be no expense to L. or to yourself. Pray think of this hint. You have no idea how very beautiful great part of this country is—and women and children traverse it with ease and expedition. I would return from any distance at any time to see you, and come to England for you; and when you consider the chances against our—but I won’t relapse into the dismals and anticipate long absences——

The great obstacle would be that you are so admirably yoked—and necessary as a housekeeper—and a letter writer—& a place-hunter to that very helpless gentleman your Cousin, that I suppose the usual self-love of an elderly person would interfere between you & any scheme of recreation or relaxation, for however short a period.

What a fool was I to marry—and you not very wise—my dear—we might have lived so single and so happy—as old maids and bachelors; I shall never find any one like you—nor you (vain as it may seem) like me. We are just formed to pass our lives together, and therefore—we—at least—I—am by a crowd of circumstances removed from the only being who could ever have loved me, or whom I can unmixedly feel attached to.

Had you been a Nun—and I a Monk—that we might have talked through a grate instead of across the sea—no matter—my voice and my heart are

ever thine—

And here is the relevant clip from the tv two parter about Byron where Johnny Lee Miller played him and Natasha Little Augusta.

Date: 2016-09-13 04:51 pm (UTC)
oonaseckar: bambi (Default)
From: [personal profile] oonaseckar
Looks good. Although I'm a little apprehensive considering how most of them wound up. Except Byron, maybe. A poet that lousy possibly deserves an exploding liver, considering all the literary suffering he must have inflicted. What goes around, comes around. Ech, Byron.


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